Love Prison

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Online couples meet up for week of solitude; drama ensues.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The ultimate goal of most of the participants seems to be making a real connection, but the format of the show is clearly designed to instigate tension and arguments. The series underscores the idea that people may appear compatible online but may not be in real time. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some cast members are more honest with their online partner than others. 

Violence

Mild arguments sometimes break out between the couples. Soaker guns are visible on the beach. One episode contains an oblique reference to rape.

Sex

Hugging and kissing visible. Sexual activity and infidelity is discussed. Sometimes cast members are shown in ill-fitting, skin-revealing bathing suits. The couples share a bedroom but have bunk beds. 

Language

Words such as "ass" and "piss" audible. Curses are bleeped. 

Consumerism

iPhones are visible, but the logos aren't prominently featured. Apple computers are used for confessionals. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol (hard liquor) and wine visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Love Prison features people in online relationships meeting each other for the first time and spending a week on an isolated island with no one but each other. It entails some mature themes, including infidelity and sexual intimacy. There is some mild arguing, rare subtle references to violent acts, some bleeped language, and drinking.

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What's the story?

Each episode of the reality series LOVE PRISON features couples who've shared an online relationship for months or even years and are now spending a week together to see if their relationship is the real thing. The catch? Right before they meet, they learn that they're expected to spend the week in a house on an isolated island for 23 hours a day without electronic devices, entertainment, or anything else but food, furniture, and each other. Forty remote cameras capture their every move in the house and the one hour they have to spend outside. With the exception of a single phone call, they are not allowed any contact with the outside world. Producers occasionally communicate with them via a TV monitor located in the living room. Thanks to spending so much time together, and to the excerpts of revealing interview footage that are periodically aired on the living room screen, the couples learn some surprising details about each other. At the end of the week they must decide if they're going to continue their relationship or if they're going to call it quits.  

Is it any good?

The voyeuristic reality show offers a mildly entertaining look at what happens when people who've only interacted with each other through phone calls, texts, instant messages, and social media sites are forced to spend time together in person and get to know one another. The result is a show that's full of tension-filled moments, occasional arguments, and lots of all-around awkwardness. 

Some viewers will not be surprised by the disappointment some cast members experience when things don't work out they way they had hoped. But audiences who actively participate in online dating and remote relationship-building will find themselves being reminded that the way people appear online may not resemble who they are in real time. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the benefits and challenges that come with online dating. Would you consider yourself in a relationship with someone you'd never met in person, even if you contacted that person every day through digital media? How should you protect yourself when you're interacting with people online?

  • How do different generations react to the idea of people meeting romantic partners online?

TV details

  • Premiere date: September 8, 2014
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming

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